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KRMFL Suit Shows Devastating Consequences of City’s Decades-Long Failure to Monitor Police Informant Use

KRMFL filed a lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of a man who was falsely accused and convicted of unlawful firearm possession as a result of former detective Philip Nordo’s outrageous misconduct. On February 19, a grand jury issued a presentment accusing Nordo, a former detective in the Philadelphia Police Department’s Homicide Division, of multiple counts of […]

Asylum-Seeking Families Separated by Trump Administration File Claims Seeking Compensation

KRMFL, in cooperation with the National Immigrant Justice Center, American Immigration Council, and Arnold & Porter, filed legal claims today on behalf of six asylum-seeking families who were separated at the southern border. The families were victims of the Trump administration’s cruel and illegal family separation policy. The separation policy subjected the mothers and their […]

New Report Shows Racial Bias Persists in Police Stops and Frisks

Following last week’s report on the frequency of unconstitutional stops and frisks by the Philadelphia Police Department, counsel for plaintiffs in Bailey v. City of Philadelphia released a report today demonstrating that racial disparities continue to plague those stop and frisk practices. In every neighborhood in Philadelphia, Black pedestrians were stopped by police officers at […]

New Report Shows Continued Unconstitutional Practices, Racial Bias by Philly Police

A report filed today by counsel for plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit challenging unconstitutional practices of the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) shows that thousands of people were stopped and frisked without reasonable suspicion of criminal conduct in the first six months of 2018. The report, which rises out of a 2011 consent decree in […]

PA DOC Agrees to Treat All Inmates with Hepatitis C

As outlined in a recent press release and article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, plaintiffs’ counsel announced a proposed landmark settlement in a class action lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections that, if approved, will provide much-needed medical treatment for thousands of prisoners with Chronic Hepatitis C. In 2014, the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project, Kairys, Rudovsky, […]

KRMFL Reaches $4.75 Million Settlement in Jail Death Case

As outlined in today’s Associated Press story, the family of Victoria “Tori” Herr, represented by KRMFL and co-counsel from Neufeld, Scheck and Brustin, reached a $4.75 million settlement with Lebanon County resolving civil rights claims concerning Tori’s death at the Lebanon County Correctional Facility. Tori, who struggled with heroin addiction, was arrested on March 27, […]

KRMFL, Co-Counsel Challenge Solitary Confinement on Pennsylvania Death Row

KRMFL, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the ACLU National Prison Project, the Abolitionist Law Center, and Drinker Biddle & Reath filed a complaint in federal court yesterday demanding that the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections cease its practice of automatically placing death row inmates in solitary confinement. The complaint points to the voluminous evidence demonstrating the devastating mental […]

KRMF Sues FBI Agent Over Malicious Prosecution of Temple Physics Professor

KRMF filed a complaint yesterday alleging that an FBI agent engaged in malicious prosecution and fabrication of evidence in his investigation of Professor Xiaoxing Xi of Temple University. At daybreak on May 21, 2015, the complaint alleges, FBI agents stormed Professor Xi’s house, held his family at gunpoint, and arrested Professor Xi. Professor Xi was subjected […]

Full acquittal for KRMF client in federal bribery and extortion trial

As widely reported in Philadelphia media, after a seven-day trial, a federal jury returned a verdict acquitting ex-L&I Deputy Commissioner Dominic Verdi of all charges against him. Mr. Verdi had been the subject of a six-year investigation and prosecution by federal authorities who accused him of accepting bribes from and extorting various owners of bars, […]